Samsung Wants To Rival the Human Eye With 600MP Camera Sensors

Babu Mohan writes via Android Central: In an editorial published on the company's website, Yongin Park, who heads the Sensor Business Team at Samsung's LSI division, has revealed that his team is working on a camera sensor that will be able to capture more detail than the human eye. As noted in the article, the human eye is said to match a resolution of around 500 megapixels. Samsung, however, is working on bringing a 600MP camera sensor to the market, which could be used in various fields such ...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, LSI, Babu Mohan, Yongin Park, Sensor Business Team

Facebook agrees to restrict anti-government content in Vietnam after months of throttling

Facebook has agreed to block access to certain anti-government content to users in Vietnam, following months of having its services throttled there, reportedly by state-owned telecoms. Reuters, citing sources within the company, reported that Vietnam requested earlier in the year that Facebook restrict a variety of content it deemed illegal, such as posts critical of the government. When the social network balked, the country used its control over local internet providers to slow Facebook tra...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Government, India, Censorship, Tech, Vietnam, Reuters

Leveraging Strategic Control For Growth

After a recent talk at the Yale CEO LATAM Forum in Miami, the CEO of one of the largest insurance companies in Latin America came up to me and said, “I hate Google.” I responded by saying “that sounds pretty harsh” and asked why he felt so strongly. His response was both simple and telling. He said that Google was “extorting much of my profits.” He said that, in his home country via our cell phones, Google now has the ability to show that Driver A has a heavy foot on the gas, Driver B doesn’t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Strategy, Miami, Lockheed Martin, North America, Boeing, Latin America, Branding, Amazon Marketplace, Apple Pay Samsung, Blake Project, Mario Wagner, William Putsis

Who's Behind the 'Reopen' Domain Surge?

Inspired by a thread on Reddit, KrebsOnSecurity has been investigating possible incidences of state-led astroturfing to put pressure on U.S. states to ease, end, or reduce the extent of coronavirus lockdowns. From the article: The Reddit discussion focused on a handful of new domains -- including,, and -- that appeared to be tied to various gun rights groups in those states. Their registrations have roughly coincided with contemporaneous demonstrations in M...
Tags: Google, Tech, Tennessee, Republican Party, Mother Jones, Michael Murphy, Minnesota California, KrebsOnSecurity, Reddit KrebsOnSecurity

Senate passes new $484 billion relief bill to replenish small business loans, fund hospitals and testing

A new federal aid package designed to provide economic businesses still immobilized by the coronavirus just passed in the Senate. The $484 billion in total aid passed after two weeks of negotiations between Republicans, who wanted to press additional small business funding forward without much reevaluation, and Democrats, who were eventually able to secure additional relief measures beyond the small business funding at the heart of the bill. The focal point of the new legislation is the $310 bil...
Tags: TC, Congress, Senate, Tech, Policy, Harvard University, House, PPP, Silicon Valley Bank, Trump, Democratic, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Paycheck Protection Program

Facebook invests $5.7B in India’s Reliance Jio

Facebook has enjoyed unparalleled reach in India for more than a decade. But as China’s fast-growing ByteDance emerges as a formidable competitor in what has become the world’s second largest internet market, the American giant has found the horse it wants to bet on in the new decade. Facebook announced today it has invested $5.7 billion for a 9.99% stake in India’s Reliance Jio telecom operator with more than 370 million subscribers. The deal valued Jio at a pre-money valuation of $65.95 bil...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, China, India, Funding, Narendra Modi, Tech, Vodafone, Airtel, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Modi, Reliance Industries, Corona

Ripple Sues YouTube Over Cryptocurrency Scam Videos

Blockchain firm Ripple sued YouTube on Tuesday, alleging the video-sharing platform failed to protect consumers from cryptocurrency "giveaway" scams that use fake social media profiles to dupe victims into sending money. Reuters reports: The company says scammers on YouTube have been impersonating Ripple and its chief executive, Brad Garlinghouse, to bait viewers into sending them thousands of dollars worth of XRP, a cryptocurrency championed by Ripple, according to a court filing. The scammers ...
Tags: Youtube, Tech, Reuters, Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple

Some of Google's summer international interns are being told their pay will be slashed by almost half – and they have just 24 hours to accept the new offer (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's summer internship is moving online for 2020, but international interns are now finding out that they'll also be earning less. Some interns from Canada, who will be doing their summer internship remotely, have had their compensation cut by as much as nearly 50%. Interns are receiving their revised offers this week, but Google is giving them just 24 hours to accept. Some expressed frustration over such a short turnaround time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google'...
Tags: Google, UK, Microsoft, India, US, Trends, Canada, Mountain View, Sunnyvale California, Canada Google

Facebook Invests $5.7Bn in Jio for 9.99% stake

And India’s largest startup, Jio finally raises an external round. This investment by Facebook values Jio Platforms at ₹ 4.62 lakh crore pre-money enterprise value ($65.95 billion, assuming a conversion… The post Facebook Invests $5.7Bn in Jio for 9.99% stake appeared first on NextBigWhat.
Tags: Facebook, Business, India, Tech, Jio, Facebook Invests, Jio Platforms

Porsche to produce a cheaper version of its all-electric Taycan

Porsche is producing three variants of its all-electric Taycan sports sedan with base prices that range from a skosh over $105,000 to $185,000. Now, it seems the automaker is preparing to introduce a cheaper rear-wheel-drive version, according to an interview in Car Magazine with Porsche R&D chief Michael Steiner. This newer version, which will join the Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo and 4S, will have a smaller battery and be sold in markets like China that don’t need all-wheel drive, Steiner s...
Tags: TC, Electric Vehicle, China, Cars, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Sports Cars, Steiner, Michael Steiner, Porsche Taycan, Taycan Turbo, Porsche R D, Taycan Turbo S Taycan Turbo

Looking Beyond Hardware, Sonos Launches Its First Streaming Service

Sonos launched its first audio service Tuesday, called Sonos Radio. It promises free and exclusive music programming across a few dozen stations. From a report: Many of these stations will be supported by advertising -- a new business for Sonos, which the company is entering at a time when the ad business is feeling the pressure of an evolving economic downturn. However, for Sonos, the radio service also represents a new opportunity to lean more heavily into product partnerships like its existin...
Tags: Tech, Ikea, Sonos

House Dems Could Clear Voting by Proxy During Pandemic, With Republicans Unable to Block It

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives plans to break with 200 years of precedent this week by allowing members of Congress to vote by designated proxy during the coronavirus pandemic. The voting by proxy plan would negate cybersecurity risks posed by a true remote voting system and only allows for narrow,…Read more...
Tags: Work From Home, Politics, Science, Technology, Republicans, Congress, Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, U S House of Representatives, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Open source platform Jitsi plans to start offering a major security feature that Zoom, Microsoft, and Google lack: End-to-end encryption for video conferencing. Here's how it plans to take on its rivals (EGHT)

Jitsi, an open source videoconferencing app that Atlassian sold to 8x8 in 2018, is poised to introduce end-to-end encryption on its platform.  Currently, rivals like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet do not use end-to-end encryption. Emil Ivov, head of video collaboration at 8x8, says that Jitsi has always been security focused, which is more important now than ever as attacks like "Zoombombing" becomes a bigger issue during the coronavirus pandemic.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, New Jersey, Italy, Atlassian, COBOL, EGHT, Jitsi, Emil Ivov, Ivov, Zoombombing, Comcast Greenpeace, WebRTC Jitsi, Louis Pasteur University in France Jitsi

Apple’s iPhone 12 leaked: What do agents have to look forward to?

Subtle marketing or legit leak? Either way, Apple's iPhone 12 will be larger and faster, and it's rumored to come with LiDAR scanning tech on its three-lens, 3D camera.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Technology, Steve Jobs, Smartphones, Mobile Apps, Radio, Lidar, Select, News Brief, Real Estate Tools, iPhone 12 Pro Max, 3D cameras

Coronavirus phone tracing by Apple and Google could help America reopen

Beside more COVID-19 testing, U.S. recovery needs contact tracing to identify and isolate the infected. There's about to be an app for that: Our view         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Google, Usa, News, America, Usa Today

France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker

France is asking Apple to remove a technical obstacle that it says is delaying a government contact-tracing application designed to contain the coronavirus spread. Bloomberg reports: Apple's operating system prevents contact-tracing apps using its Bluetooth technology from running constantly in the background if that data is going to be moved off of the device, a limit designed to protect users' privacy. That limitation is standing in the way of the type of app that France wants to build, Digita...
Tags: Apple, Google, France, Digital, Tech, Bloomberg, Cédric O

Will China’s coronavirus-related trends shape the future for American VCs?

Rocio Wu Contributor Rocio Wu is a second-year MBA candidate at Harvard Business School and a venture capitalist. For the past month, VC investment pace seems to have slacked off in the U.S., but deal activities in China are picking up following a slowdown prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to PitchBook, “Chinese firms recorded 66 venture capital deals for the week ended March 28, the most of any week in 2020 and just below figures from the same time l...
Tags: China, Tech, Harvard Business School, Rocio Wu Contributor Rocio Wu

Casper winds down European operations and lays off 78 people

Mattress company Casper is shutting down its European operations and laying off 78 people as it focuses on “achieving profitability,” according to a statement by the company. The layoff impacts 21% of its corporate workforce globally. In the statement, the company said that it is winding down European operations to “concentrate on the strength of the North American business.” The pull out will result in more than $10 million in annualized savings, per the company. The company also noted tha...
Tags: TC, Europe, New York, Employment, Tech, Bird, Casper, Getaround, North America, Unicorn, Mattress, Layoff, Casper Sleep, Crunchbase News, Tripactions, Covid19

Trump Will Temporarily Suspend Immigration Into the US For 60 Days Due To Coronavirus Fears

President Trump tweeted on Monday night that he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the U.S. to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, adding that his decision was spurred by an "attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens." Trump later clarified at a coronavirus press briefing on Tuesday and said the order would only be in place for 60 days and apply to individuals seeking permanent residency or gr...
Tags: US, America, Tech, United States, Trump, American Citizens Trump

Boom In Home Electronics Sales Shows Signs of Peaking

According to an analysis of credit card receipts provided to The Information, a boom in home electronics sales due to the coronavirus shut down shows signs of peaking. From the report: The research by e-commerce company Rakuten, which looked at data for over 1 million U.S. consumers, shows online sales of electronics rose 33% the week of March 9 versus the same week the year earlier, then surged 141% in the last week of March. By the following week, starting April 6, growth had started to wane, ...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Rakuten, Consumer Technology Association, Steve Koenig, U S Commerce Department With

Google makes product listings free on its Shopping service as it takes on Amazon

Industry experts believe the move is aimed squarely at Amazon, as nearly two-thirds of consumers perform product searches through the e-commerce juggernaut's platform.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Advertising

Court hearings via video 'risk unfairness for disabled people'

UK equalities watchdog warns move amid virus to focus on online sessions could hamper rapport and access to justiceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRemote video trials could disadvantage people with learning disabilities, the equalities watchdog has warned, as courts switch to online hearings during the coronavirus crisis.An interim report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has highlighed concerns about the impact of conducting cases without defendants ...
Tags: UK, Technology, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Disability, UK criminal justice, Judiciary, Digital Britain, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC

Indian food delivery startup Swiggy is cutting about 1,000 jobs

Swiggy is cutting about 1,000 jobs, most from its cloud kitchen division, as India’s top food delivery startup scales back some of its businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has drastically affected millions of firms. In a statement, the Bangalore-based startup said it was “evaluating various means to stay nimble and focus on growth and profitability across our kitchens.” “This will, unfortunately, have an impact on a certain number of kitchen staff who will be fully supporte...
Tags: Food, Uber, Asia, India, Linkedin, Tech, Foodpanda, Ant Financial, Zomato, New Delhi, TechCrunch, Bangalore, Ola, Gurgaon, Uber Eats, Deepinder Goyal

We Need The Abundance Of A Space Economy

Maintaining a level of inexhaustible resources is something humanity currently has the means to achieve, so we should be working faster to achieve it.
Tags: Space, Technology, Law, Tyler Broker

The Dipp, a subscription-only entertainment news startup, is springing to life despite the pandemic

There is no shortage of coverage about the sprawling entertainment industry. There is a shortage of coverage for die-hard fans of reality TV shows, according to Kate Ward and Lindsay Mannering. That opening in the market why the two — former colleagues at the women’s website Bustle, where Ward was the founding editor-in-chief and and Mannering ultimately became the SVP of editorial strategy at the Bustle’s parent company — decided to take the plunge earlier this year and start their own company....
Tags: New York, Tech, Netflix, Brooklyn, Bustle, Ward, DIPP, SVP, Kate Ward, Neil Sequeira, Mannering, Lindsay Mannering, Gchat Mannering, The Dipp

Google finally lets you adjust ‘Okay Google’ sensitivity

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those whose smart devices never react to ‘Hey Google!’ and those whose devices are triggered way too often. Whichever camp you lie in, Google will at long last allow you to fine-tune your Assistant’s keyword sensitivity soon. Google first announced this feature would arrive ‘soon’ way back in December, but clearly the company has a different definition of the word than I do. Whatever the cause for the delay, the feature is finally rolling out to users...
Tags: Google, Startups, Xda, Insider, Plugged

Amazon employees plan additional protests over COVID-19 working conditions

As much of the world has ground to a temporary halt over stay at home orders, Amazon has continued churning. The retail giant is nothing if not an essential business for many in the U.S. and abroad, as everyday tasks like going to the supermarket and drugstore have become hazardous. While the company has continued providing necessary supplies for many, its labor policies have entered the spotlight — certainly not a first for Amazon. While the company has consistently batted away suggestions ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Ecommerce, Tech, Staten Island, United for Respect, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Lisa Levandowski

How to Reduce the Stress of Homeschooling on Everyone

With nationwide school closures in effect, many parents are now monitoring homeschooling while at the same time trying to make a living in the midst of a terrible economic crisis. In this environment of broken routine and uncertainty, chances are your child is showing big feelings and challenging behaviors. In my work as a school psychologist, I’ve been hearing from parents that despite their best efforts, their children are struggling with meeting homeschool expectations. Kids who never showe...
Tags: Google, Parenting, Google Classroom, Empathy Research

No Winner Likely In JEDI Court Battle; ‘Just Pull The Plug?’: Greenwalt

While the judge has paused the trial to let the Pentagon redo part of the cloud computing competition, acquisition guru Bill Greenwalt warns any victory for either side will be 'pyrrhic.'
Tags: Technology, Law, Pentagon, Greenwalt, Bill Greenwalt

Netflix says 64M households ‘chose to watch’ the documentary hit ‘Tiger King’

How big a hit is Netflix’s “Tiger King”? In its latest earnings release, the streaming company says 64 million households have “chosen to watch” the docuseries its first four weeks of release. You’ll note that it isn’t claiming that 64 million people actually watched the whole show (which tells the story of Joe Exotic, a big cat owner who’s accused of hiring a contract killer to murder his nemesis, an animal rights activist). That’s because the company recently switched to a new system for se...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds, Tiger King, La Casa de Papel Money Heist

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